Hundreds of women are working in silk production, an ancient Afghan industry that is common in the western part of the country.
The greenhouses, provided by a French NGO, aim to empower impoverished women to become economically self sufficient.
Afghanistan should not make the same mistake Pakistan did with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), say observers, citing Pakistan's massive debt and growing economic instability.
Iranian authorities are taking advantage of the current turmoil, instability and dire economic conditions by applying different means of pressure to achieve their goals in Afghanistan.
The project serves a dual purpose: it provides jobs and food assistance to needy families, while workers clear garbage and debris from the city's streets and canals.
Food packages containing flour, rice, oil, chickpeas and sugar are being distributed to hundreds of at-risk families in the northern province.
A pile-up of thousands of worn bills recently forced Herat's currency exchange market to close, as customers complained of worthless tender.
The Trans-Afghan Railway could give Central Asian states access to Pakistani seaports, providing a faster route and avoiding problems associated with the sanctions levied against Russia.
A vocational training programme funded by the World Food Programme is helping men and women find employment or start small businesses.
Once called the crown jewel in Beijing's 'string of pearls', Sri Lanka is saddled with debt and unused infrastructure that could easily be converted to military use.